Jimmy Kay from Canada’s The Metal Voice spoke to guitar legend Michael Schenker (UFO, Scorpions, MSG). Schenker spoke about his new Album, Michael Schenker Fest ‘Resurrection’ featuring 4 singers of his past Gary Barden, Graham Bonnet and Robin McAuley and Doogie White. with guest appearances by METALLICA’s Kirk Hammett and Wayne Findlay , which will be available March 2 2018 on Nuclear Blast.
Watch the interview here:
Schenker also spoke about how his brother Rudolf Schenker from the Scorpions has mistreating him and explains Graham Bonnet departure from the band during the Assault Attack era after exposing his penis on stage
When asked about the idea to do a Michael Schenker Fest Album featuring all four singers from his different eras
“I had the idea of getting all these different lineups that I created over the years putting it all together and creating something very powerful. We have four singers, four completely different voices on one album. For the hard core fans it must be amazing to time travel and go from 1980 to today and hear these different voices. For myself I find it very entertaining especially hearing songs where they all sing together like the song Warrior.”
When asked about Graham Bonnet’s firing during the Assault Attack era, when Bonnet exposed his penis on stage
“I didn’t fire him. I really never fired anybody. With Graham it was the most unusual thing that ever happened in my life. We made a great record which became a musicians favorite, with a fantastic rhythm section and a fantastic vocalist a great chemistry. We were on stage in Sheffield, England starting our set and 15 minuted into the set I’m playing a solo and when I look to the center of the stage Graham was gone. Apparently he exposed himself . I don’t know what happened and I never tried to find out why he was gone and we had a Reading Festival coming up and so we asked Gary Barden if he could come back. ” (Bonnet has told The Metal Voice he was fired by Management )
When asked if he would ever reunite with UFO?
“Maybe Phil Mogg would be available in singing a few songs off ‘Strangers in the night’ with the Michael Schenker Fest for the 30 year anniversary of the album on some festivals. And maybe Klaus Meine from the Scorpions would consider at some point showing up at the Schenker Fest in 2019 singing my first ever written song ‘In Search of Pieces of Mind’ off the Lonesome Crow Scorpions album. ”
When asked if he was still upset at his brother Rudolf Schenker after the re-release box set of the Scorpions Lovedrive album
“My brother is a cheat. I stay away from him. Disrespectful disgracefully and let him be who he wants to be . I just cant trust him and I just stay away from him as far as I can because he rips me off whenever he can. He copied everything I did . If he wants some goodness to come out of it he has to clean his side of the street that’s up to him. Klaus Meine (Scorpions) is pure soul he is the only artist in the band, he is carrying the whole Scorpions. My sister said to me Rudolf is a greedy Wanker it raised concern and when they approached me with a 2015 Scorpions re-issue of Lovedrive and presented a completely false bio for the album I was very disappointed. The lied about everything. I was the one who helped them out and opened the doors for America for the Scorpions. It wasn’t therm helping me. I had a contract for Lovedrive as a six member of the band, there should have been a picture in there of me, they should have mentioned I wrote the intro to Holiday and the song Coast to Coast which I gave him my writing credits to Rudolf. Why does Rudolf play a Black and white guitar why does he dye his hair white? Rudolf was pretending to be me. Do you think Rudolf gives anybody his share in songwriting ? Rudolf Schenker is a desperate wanna be who rips his brother off. Rudolf cannot play guitar believe me.”